VIA Daily Express
Hundreds of migrants have tried to climb a Spanish border fence, leaving several police officers injured. Officials said around 300 sub-Saharan African migrants scaled the six-metre high, razor-wire fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla early this morning.
A skirmish ensued and around 100 people successfully crossed the border, police said.
Three officers were injured and required medical attention after the chaotic rush, which occurred at around 5am BST. Local reports say one of the guards was injured by a hook used by migrants to climb the fence, another was kicked and another hurt in a fall.
Three migrants were also injured and have been treated by Red Cross volunteers. They are said to be in a good condition. Several guard vehicles were also damaged during this morning's incident.
Spain's two tiny enclaves in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla, are often used as entry points into Europe by African migrants, who either climb over border fences or try to swim along the coast.
Once in the territories they can apply for asylum or attempt to travel onwards into mainland Europe. Groups of migrants have attempted to enter the enclaves on several occasions during the migrant crisis.
Over 1,000 migrants attempted to cross into Ceuta in January, but most were returned to Morocco. During the January 1 incident police fought running battles with a more the huge crowd who tried to storm Europe's borders and force their way into the Spanish enclave.
The migrants used rocks and metal bars as they battled with police officers from Spain and Morocco, who joined forces to defend the border. Television footage showed migrants perched on the top of the fence as they tried to get over. Around 55 police officers were injured in the chaos last winter - 50 from Morocco and five from Spain.
Other videos taken by local residents showed migrants fleeing down the streets are successfully entering.